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Ursula K. Le Guin
As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent... show more
As of 2013, Ursula K. Le Guin has published twenty-two novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many awards: Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, etc. Her recent publications include the novel Lavinia, an essay collection, Cheek by Jowl, and The Wild Girls. Forthcoming in 2012, Finding My Elegy, New and Selected Poems. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

She is known for her treatment of gender (The Left Hand of Darkness, The Matter of Seggri), political systems (The Telling, The Dispossessed) and difference/otherness in any other form. Her interest in non-Western philosophies is reflected in works such as 'Solitude' and 'The Telling' but even more interesting are her imagined societies, often mixing traits extracted from her profound knowledge of anthropology acquired from growing up with her father, the famous anthropologist, Alfred Krober. The Hainish Cycle reflects the anthropologist's experience of immersing themselves in new strange cultures since most of their main characters and narrators (Le Guin favours the first person narration) are envoys from a humanitarian organization, the Ekumen, sent to investigate or ally themselves with the people of a different world and learn their ways.
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Birth date: October 21, 1929
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 1 month ago
This certainly made up for "City of Illusions". I admit that the end lost me, but then again, dreams are not supposed to make sense all the way. There is a persistent feeling of urgency about this story. Haber's conceit and grandiosity is apparent soon enough, and the more the book advances, the m...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 3 months ago
It might just be that I have my bar for Le Guin right up there. It was vivid in it's descriptions, and a lot happens and it's explored inside these few pages, but I felt like things spin and spin and spin once they reach the city, and then the resolution comes abruptly, as if the author had just t...
Lora Hates Spam
Lora Hates Spam rated it 3 months ago
by Ursula K. Leguin The first of the classic Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin. I probably should have read it long ago. It's a magical Fantasy about wizards and how they are trained in a land called Gont. Ged, the main character, distinguishes himself at a young age and comes to the attention of...
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Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it 6 months ago
by Ursula K. Leguin The first of the classic Earthsea series by Ursula LeGuin. I probably should have read it long ago. It's a magical Fantasy about wizards and how they are trained in a land called Gont. Ged, the main character, distinguishes himself at a young age and comes to the attention of...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 10 months ago
I tried. Really. I hate it when I don't get into a classic. I have been told for years that I should read Ursula K. Le Guin and how much I would like her and maybe I should just try something else. This book didn't make any sense to me. I kept reading words and going what in the world does this mean...
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